NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2018 - Bulgaria

will take place over 48 hours on the 20-th and 21-st of October 2018

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2018

Bulgaria will take part for the sixth year in NASA Intentional Space Apps Challenge. This is an event for mass collaboration, which is organised for the sixth year globally in the cities on all seven continents in the world. This hackathon is part of a larger process of defining challenges relevant to earth and space, intensively working to prototype solutions, and subsequently refining and implementing the most promising prototypes. International Space Apps Challenge is a model for innovation. The ability to contribute towards solving meaningful challenges is the most important motivator for most participants in mass collaboration.



Bulgarian Achievements


Global winners from Bulgaria

Adept - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Use оf Hardware.

SpacePort Futuristic Development - Plovdiv is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Mission Concept.

Airify - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top twenty five in People`s Choice. 


Local winners 2016

Projects that competed on the global round

Projects, which recived aditional prizes


More about the projects 2016 (here)


Global winners from Bulgaria

Valkyrie - Sofia is ranked by NASA as a global winner in Best Use оf Hardware.

Rain-of-Fire - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Mission Concept.

Robo-Fabric - Burgas is ranked by NASA as one of the top fifteen in People`s Choice, and on the final round is the second in the globe. 


Local winners 2015

Projects that competed on the global round

Projects, which recived aditional prizes 


More about the projects 2015 (here) 


Global winners from Bulgaria

LeafZobe - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Use of Data.


Local winners 2014




 More about the projects 2014 (here)


Global winners from Bulgaria

ChickBook - Sofia is global winner in People`s Choice.

GhOST - Sofia is ranked by NASA as one of the top five in Best Mission Concept.


Local winners 2013


More about the projects 2013 (here), 2012 (here)



Everyone can participate. Hackathons are technology development marathons that draw on the talents and initiative of bright minded volunteers – programmers, developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.


Registration will be available prior to the event and all individuals who are attending will need to register online on:

NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2018


Solutions can span the spectrum from concept ideation, to prototypes and working demos, to advanced applications ready for use. Each team will choose a challenge and will decide what solution/s to develop.







The event Space Apps Challenge 2017 - Bulgaria is organised through collaboration and partnership among science community, universities representatives, business organisations, NGOs and students volunteers.






Technical University - Sofia

The host organisation TU-Sofia is the largest technical university in Bulgaria offering highly qualified trainers, engineers and technical staff, with modern laboratory facilities. More than 65 years TU-Sofia educates specialists in the field of engineering. For this period, over 100 000 engineers have graduated - bachelor degree in 26 specialties, master degree in 35 specialties, PhD degree in 110 specialties.The TU-Sofia has close working relationships with more than 50 universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. The University is a member of prestigious European and world organisations and participates in various projects under EU, UNESCO and NATO programmes. TU-Sofia is among the leading technical universities in Europe.






Burgas Free University | Burgas

Burgas Free University /BFU/ was established with an Act of The Great National Assembly on 18 September 1991, and is one of the first non-state universities in the country. The University is accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency and is certified under the International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2008. BFU is a modern and innovative university, caring for its students and their professional realization, and which has significant academic achievements and an internationally recognized status. BFU is a member of the European Universities Association /EUA/. It has signed Agreements of Cooperation with 36 universities and organizations in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. It works under joint international projects with more than 100 universities and organizations. BFU is a partner of UNESCO under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Prpgramme, and is a host institution of UNESCO Chair on Culture of Peace and Human Rights.






Technical University - Sofia branch Plovdiv

TU-Sofia, branch Plovdiv is an outpost of the TU-Sofia and is the largest technical university unit in southern Bulgaria. Most of the subjects from Sofia’s curricula are covered also in Plovdiv. The branch offers highly qualified trainers, engineers and technical staff, with modern laboratory facilities. More than 30 years TU-Sofia, branch Plovdiv educates specialists in the field of engineering. For this period, over 8000 engineers have graduated – bachelor, master and Ph.D. degree in nearly 20 specialties. Many students from TU-Sofia, branch Plovdiv achieved national and international awards in various students’ competitions.







The University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev"  | Ruse

University of Ruse is an educational and research centre, training specialists in a wide range of engineering, economic, managerial and humanitarian degree programmes and conducting fundamental and applied research. The curricula and syllabi developed in cooperation with foreign universities and business partners provide the graduates with broad career prospects in Bulgaria and abroad. Today, over 9 000 students, 150 PhD students and 1400 post-doctoral students are studying at the University of Ruse, whose structure comprises eight faculties (four engineering and four humanitarian) and two Branches in the towns of Razgrad and Silistra. The faculties are: Agrarian and Industrial; Mechanical Engineering ND Technology; Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Transport, Business and Management, Natural Sciences and Education; Law; Public Health and Healthcare. The University of Ruse has a solid presence in the European educational space and has established a wide network of partnerships in the field of education and research with prestigious universities in Europe, the USA, Japan, Russia and many others. It is a member of respected international organisations such as the European Universities Association, the Danube Rectors' Conference, etc. The numerous projects with European funding, implemented by the University, provide excellent opportunities for mobi9lity and qualification for students and lecturers. In 2012, the University of Ruse was granted its third institutional accreditation by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency of 9,28 on a 10-graded scale. This makes it one of the leading higher education institutions in the country.


  • BAS - Space Research and Technology Institute

    The mission of SRTI-BAS is the conduct of fundamental and applied studies in the field of Space Physics, Remote Sensing of the Earth and Planets, and Aerospace Systems and Technologies. The priorities of SRTI-BAS are: solar-Terrestrial and Space Physics (solar wind, magnetospheric and ionospheric physics, high and middle atmospheric physics, space weather); high-energy astrophysics, galactic cosmic rays; medico-biological studies, space biotechnologies, heliobiology, telemedicine; design, development and transfer of methods, instrumentation and technologies for remote sensing of the Earth, regional and global monitoring of the environment and security; research in the field of obtaining and application of new superhard materials; development of innovative aerospace instrumentation and technologies, as well as their transfer to economy.

  • State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies

    In the last 7 years the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (SULSIT) has become one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Bulgaria.  Alongside the traditional specialties – Library Studies and Bibliography, Library Management, Print Communications and Computer Sciences, the University offers unique specialties such as Information technologies, Information Brokerage, Information Security, Information Collections of the Cultural and Historical Heritage, Information Resources of Tourism, Information Technologies in the Court Administration, Software Engineering. SULSIT has all forms and degrees of education, including the so-called PhD School. The University supports huge scientific research in the different areas where it provides educational services.

  • Junior Achievement

    Junior Achievement is the world’s oldest, largest and fastest-growing non profit economic education organization. JA Bulgaria educates and inspires young Bulgarians to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.It prepares them to succeed in a global economy. Established in 1997, Junior Achievement Bulgaria is a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW) and its regional entity Junior Achievement –Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE). Junior Achievement Bulgaria is the first and foremost organization in Bulgaria offering top-notch programs and courses in business, economics and the development of the entrepreneurial spirit through educational and hands-on activities in economics, financial literacy, business skills, leadership and strategies for success. JA-YE enterprise and economic education programmes are designed for young people ages 6-25 and are implemented through a partnership between local businesses and schools.

  • EDIТ (Economic Development via Innovation and Technology) - Programme in support of the digital business environment in Bulgaria. We analyze global and local trends, discuss the issues faced by start-up companies, and together we seek for solutions in support of innovations and investments. We encourage the collaboration between entrepreneurs, the exchange of experience and ideas, the establishment of a contemporary digital ecosystem.

  • Space Challenges

    This is the biggest educational program in the field of space science and high-technologies in Bulgaria. The main idea is to create a stable and adequate space education at national level and foster innovative business solutions, led by young people. The initiative involves a range of leading experts from NASA, ESA, Caltech, MIT, Stuttgart University, French National Space Program, United Nations, Stanford University, University of Oxford and others. The goal is to develop creative solutions that would foster a strong connection between education and the economy. Our efforts are aimed at helping young people to acquire knowledge and skills and to apply those at creating innovative companies and organizations.

  • U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria

    The men and women of the United States Mission to Bulgaria are committed to strengthening the partnership between the United States and Bulgaria. Using the highest standards of professional excellence and personal integrity, we focus our efforts in three priority areas: Security: As NATO allies, we seek to enhance our mutual security as well as regional and international stability; Prosperity: As commercial partners, we work to increase bilateral trade and investment that promote stable growth in both economies; and Democracy: As democratic societies, we cooperate to expand good governance and strengthen the rule of law within Bulgaria.

  • National Digital Coalition

    National Digital Coalition is part of the European initiation Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. The initiation underpins substantial shortcomings of professionals who are working in the sector of information and communication technologies of the European Union. This on the other hand impedes possibilities for further economic growth.
    Top priority for NDC is to attract more people towards new technologies, to achieve and deliver effective digital potential and to help the development of the ICT sector in Bulgaria. NDC bonds the effort of business, universities and the government in Bulgaria in order to achieve the priorities, written in the Digital Program of Europe.
    Priorities of NDC: To break Bulgarian’s stereotypes towards technologies, programing and innovation. A larger pool of people in Bulgaria to acquire basic digital capabilities. Recruit more women in the ICT sector. Supporting children from earliest possible stage of their childhood towards creative digital education.

  • SoftUni

    Software University was founded with the sole intention to provide quality software education to young people in Bulgaria. Software University is a place where we listen to both the needs of software industry and people’s interests - preparing our students to work on real projects in the real world.
    Our mission ahead of us is to discover, train and build talented software engineers, with high level of practical knowledge, supporting the development of the software industry.


    Хостинг компания е лидер в иновативните технологии. От 8 години тя предоставя на българския пазар новостите от света на хостинг индустрията, като така се налага като водеща фирма в бранша с най-богатото портфолио. Компанията предлага цялата гама от хостинг услуги, домейн имена, колокация и наети сървъри, VPS услуги и разбира се Cloud Хостинг решения, където фирмата е технологичен лидер. Доверието, изградено сред клиентите през годините, е изключително голямо, като към момента над 30 000 потребители се доверяват на услугите на ICN.Bg. Компанията предлага на своите клиенти лоялно отношение, професионално изпълнение, високо качество на услугите, гарантиран UPTIME и много функционални административни инструменти.” 

  • Delta 3

    Delta 3 Real Estate TM is designed to meet the demand of individuals and corporate clients in real estate. The main activity of the company is consulting and brokerage for buying and selling, renting and leasing of apartments, offices, garages, houses, land, buildings, retail space. For this purpose, Delta 3 Real Estate has a young and ambitious team of professionals with extensive experience in real estate. DELTA 3 seeks to protect the interests of its customers. We strive to take out the stress and make buying/selling/renting/leasing real estate in a pleasant and rewarding process.

  • The Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (BCWT)

    The Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology (BCWT) brings together stakeholders from the business, the government, the academia and the non-governmental sector, involving them in the process of supporting the increase of women's leadership and professional participation in the ICT sector, entrepreneurship, as well as the female share in the development of technologic and engineering products. The Centre cooperates in the implementation of regional innovation projects and stimulates research collaboration, exchange of best practices and creation of new resources in ICT. BCWT is a National Point of Contact of the European Centre for Women and Technology.

  • Coding Girls

    Coding Girls is a gender-neutral organization promoting an increased presence of girls and women in the tech, leadership and entrepreneurship. We inspire and empower girls to get in technology and develop a tech-career. Coding Girls delivers a series of worldwide events, workshops and courses. With 1000+ members across the world we are continuously growing and increasing the number of girls and women in tech.

  • eSkills For Future

    eSkills For Future delivers up-to-date information on ICT trainings, courses and events in Bulgaria. BAIT is actively working with this initiative with young people and attract them to career development in the ICT sector. Details on ICT trainings and events in Bulgaria can be found on the website. eSkills For Future Catalog includes more than 40 training initiatives - free and paid, offline trainings and distance learning options that take place in different cities across the country. The platform also contains stories of young people that have started their career in the Bulgarian ICT sector, as well as publications in popular language about the various IT professions that are unfamiliar and suitable for non-programmers.


  • WHEN?

    Over 48 hours on the 20th and 21st of October 2018

  • WHERE?

    Sofia, Technical University - Sofia, Faculty of German Engineering Education and Industrial Management

    Burgas - Burgas Free University

    Plovdiv, Technical University - Plovdiv

    Ruse, University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev"

    and virtually from any location in Bulgaria


    Registration will be available on the 10th of September and will continue untill 20th of October 2018. All individuals who are attending will need to register online on:


    Everyone can take his/her laptop. There will be some available, but may be not sufficient.


    Everyone can participate - developers, engineers, technologists, designers, and anyone with a passion and desire to have an immediate impact on the world. They are open to anyone who has a passion for making a difference and are focused on developing real solutions to global challenges.


    Each team can be formed by one or more participants, it is recommended up to five members. The international collaboration is highly encouraged.


    You can send an e-mail to the local lead from that location or send an e-mail to titled - COLLABORATION!


    The teams can work on one or more challenges.


    Each one team will upload the projects through the main web site option using the username and password made at registration. This option will be available prior the event.


    The projects will be defended in front of the local judges. The teams can defend their idea with a presentation.